PUEBLO—Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar and Chief of Staff Laura Solano have been invited to the White House to attend Communities in Action: Building a Better Colorado to participate in roundtable discussions regarding impact of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding.
“We are looking forward to sharing the ways the City of Pueblo has utilized ARPA dollars to rebuild and renew our community,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. “We also know how vital the receipt of the $16.8 million RAISE grant funds for the West Side Connector project is to be to assist Pueblo with better infrastructure and connectivity in our city.”
Gradisar and Solano will share with leaders from Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado on Friday, Oct. 7 at the White House and then share state specific stories about work being done in Colorado. The City of Pueblo received $36.4 million in ARPA dollars with the first and second tranche funding, the dollars must be obligated by December 31, 2024, and expended by December 31, 2026. To date, the City of Pueblo has allocated over $26 million in ARPA funding with just under $11 million still left to allocate through 2024.
Among some of the most notable projects funded by ARPA with the City of Pueblo, include the $1 million allocated to the City-County Library District Reading Pays Program which served over 7,000 youth receiving $100 each for their participation in the first year of the program. Other significant programs supported through ARPA was $360,000 allocated to behavioral health support with partnership of the Pueblo Police Department and Health Solutions and the $280,000 for rent relief and eviction support with Colorado Legal Services which served 85 individuals to date.
“Our pillar leads with the ARPA task force came together to make recommendations to Mayor Gradisar and then these proposals went on to be approved by City Council,” said Chief of Staff Laura Solano. “The ARPA projects funded in Pueblo have come primarily from the input of our residents and community partners,” said Solano.
The City of Pueblo continues to review community proposals and allocate ARPA lost revenue dollars to additional projects to assist with COVID-19 relief and recovery for the community.
In addition to sharing about the success of ARPA funding, Gradisar and Solano will learn ways to continue partnering with the Biden-Harris Administration to bring back additional funding to Pueblo. The Inflation Reduction Act aims to reduce costs for families, assist with good-paying jobs and encourage growth in the economy.
Gradisar and Solano plan to share the news of the recent funding secured with President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which supported the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity gran program. The RAISE grant program recently awarded the City of Pueblo $16.8 million for the West Side Connector Project. This project includes plant to reconnect the West Side of Pueblo to downtown with extension of streets, ADA compliance updates for 70 West Side bus stops and a planning design for a 24th St. bridge and Downtown Corridor.
The West Side Connector Project received support from U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated nearly $46 million for Colorado transportation projects. The funds are part of this year’s $1.5 billion in RAISE grants from the Bipartisan Inflation Law.